Last weekend, the Bears held their rookie mini-camp. One player at the camp that might be the most scrutinized was cornerback Kyle Fuller.
The Bears picked Fuller in the first round, bypassing other popular choices such as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor. Some fans were surprised at the pick, but Emery later explained how the cornerback position is more valuable than safety, and with Charles Tillman most likely retiring at the end of the season, Fuller will play a big part on the defense.
Fuller isn’t expected to be the starting cornerback this season, but he will get a lot of playing time. He will receive some critical pointers from Tillman as well as Tim Jennings on how to play the position.
“Certainly we all feel fortunate for (Fuller) that he’s got experienced corners in the room that love football, that are passionate about the game and are motivated to help him,” Head coach Marc Trestman said. “They know that this is not a two-wide receiver league. It’s a three-wide receiver league. We’re going to need Kyle, and I have all the confidence in the world that he’ll utilize that information and the insight that those other guys can give him to get better quickly.”
Fuller feels confident he can step in and contribute right away. “I’ve been doing this all my life, so I’m glad to be here and get started,” he said at the end of minicamp. “I feel like I have a better understanding of the defense. You’re not going to come and pick it up in one day. But my goal was to come out here and get better every day, and I feel like I did that, and I’ll continue to do that.”
At the end of minicamp Fuller received praise from defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.
‘‘From Day 1, he’s a very intelligent player,” Tucker said. “He’s got good size. He’s got good speed. He’s a willing and aggressive tackler and a high-percentage tackler. He’s got excellent ball skills and great awareness.
“And he’s a football guy. He’s a tough guy.
“That’s what he brings, so that’s what we’re looking for.”
Now that the rookie minicamp is over, Fuller is looking forward to mee the rest of the team. Trestman feels he will be embraced by his new teammates. “I’m sure the guys who have been in our locker room will be very welcoming to the guys and get them in a position and show them the way, show them how we do things here.”
As long as Kyle Fuller can perform on the field, Bears fans will be just as welcoming.